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Beant Singh associates steer Ravneet Bittu’s war room

Beant Singh associates steer Ravneet Bittu’s war room

Minna Zutshi

Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 17

In the age of Instagram and Twitter that has selfies and manufactured images navigating the political space, a group of senior citizens holding the fort for a candidate of a political party seems an unlikely story. These sexagenarians and septuagenarians are no image-management consultants. Nor are they any digital aficionados or e-communication experts. They are veterans who have fond memories of their association with late Chief Minister Beant Singh. Some of them even cut their political teeth under the latter’s guidance.

Quietly and unobtrusively, this group has been working for the election campaign of Ravneet Singh Bittu, the grandson of assassinated Punjab Chief Minister Beant Singh.

 “I have emotional ties with the family and these ties span across three generations,” says Ujagar Singh, who retired as a public relations officer and is now in his seventies. It was in school that his association with Beant Singh began that turned into lasting friendship. “Politicians usually entrust the task of managing their election campaigns to their family members or relatives. But with the Kotli family and Bittu, it is different,” says Ujagar with pride. He is Bittu’s election agent this time too. He tries to wade through mists of memory to look for similarities between the slain leader and his grandson.

Ujagar Singh says Ramesh Joshi too was associated with Beant Singh till the latter’s death. Malkiat Singh Dakha, who had  decades-long association with Beant Singh, retains close ties with the family. Darshan Shankar, another associate of the late Chief Minister, joined Bittu recently.

During polls, Beant Singh’s old acquaintances invariably turn up to assist the family. “The sheer force of emotional ties keeps bringing us back,” says Ujagar Singh. 

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